“I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people. … It’s very hard. And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”
And someone who has lost a loved one to drug addiction, and has loved others who’ve struggled with it, I really, really appreciate what Lea Michele has to say about moving forward with her life following boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death. I don’t think anyone would blame Lea if she found herself weighed down by heartbreak and guilt, but that she chooses to have a more positive outlook, to take care of herself and to live the best life she can not just in Cory’s memory, but because it’s what anyone deserves, is inspiring.
The actress also tells Elle that following Monteith’s death, Kate Hudson offered her own home as a place for Lea to escape from the paparazzi. “I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.” [Elle]